Pantiero festival showcases upcoming stars

Between now and August 11, 2012, the roof of the Palais des Festivals Cannes will feature the annual Pantiero festival. Like a summer version of the Midem festival, the idea is to showcase upcoming talent rather than the usual round of headliners.

This year, the line-up includes the American hip-hop phenomenon Shabazz Palaces,  the unsigned and absolutely wonderful Parisian indie pop group Apes and Horses, Baxter Dury, Light Asylum, Don Rimini and the rough diamonds of the New York scene Monogold.

In all, 16 indie-rock and electro bands will appear over four nights, with the the whole event being held on the rooftop of the Palais des Festivals for an added thrill.

It’s great to see live indie music in Cannes, which has a tendency to attract mega stars making brief appearances in nightclubs over the summer. It gives the town some rattle and hum, rather than the usual bling-bling. It’s likely you don’t know many of the acts. But why not give the festival a shot anyway? It’s an opportunity to see another side of Cannes.

Some of the shows sell out (the roof is not all that big!), so it is advisable to book in advance.

For details and ticket sales, visit Pantiero.

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